Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Places & Traces

Urban subterranean environments come alive with daily activity. A plaintive violin peals through the tunnels, a pulsing synth marches along in it's own industry. The opening piece of Chrissie's Places and Traces, Cavern, takes us on a ride to the station.

It's the beginning of a journey through field and studio recordings, combining a musique concrete approach with electronic synthesis and sound processing. The sound design is exceptional, as is the pristine engineering. There's lots of new sounds here for the seeker of ear candy.

As with much of her work, it would make wonderful incidental music. If you enjoy detailed soundscapes, this is a great time.

You can find Chrissie on Twitter as @Chrissie_c, on soundcloud and read her blog at  chrissieviolin.info.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Intoxication

Berlin School influence permeates Intoxication by Elektronische Existenz, as with most of his work. Simple, almost geometric sequences chug along, growing in complexity like an evolving organism.

The theme and concept of the album is discussed at length at Absurd Wurld, the artist's blog. The ideas are focusing on Nietzsche's ideas on intoxication, and the creative energy that is derived from it. You can find the blog post here: Absurd Wurld: Intoxication.

Analog sound pervades as usual. Pristine electronic tones pulse out a steady rhythm relentlessly marching on, evolving and growing. A simple pattern that becomes so much more by the end. There's plenty of simple analog synth and vintage drum machine tones, well recorded and sitting pretty in the mix.

You can find Elektronische Existenz on twitter as @Absurd13t and check out the Absurd Wurld Blog.